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How do we evaluate impairments that do not meet one of the digestive disorder listings?

  1. These listings are only examples of common digestive disorders that we consider severe enough to prevent you from doing any gainful activity. If your impairment(s) does not meet the criteria of any of these listings, we must also consider whether you have an impairment(s) that satisfies the criteria of a listing in another body system. For example, if you have hepatitis B or C and you are depressed, we will evaluate your impairment under 12.04.
  2. If you have a severe medically determinable impairment(s) that does not meet a listing, we will determine whether your impairment(s) medically equals a listing. (See 404.1526 and 416.926.) If your impairment(s) does not meet or medically equal a listing, you may or may not have the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity. In this situation, we will proceed to the fourth, and if necessary, the fifth steps of the sequential evaluation process in 404.1520 and 416.920. When we decide whether you continue to be disabled, we use the rules in 404.1594, 416.994, and 416.994a as appropriate.

Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging from any cause, requiring blood transfusion

(With or without hospitalization) of at least 2 units of blood per transfusion, and occurring at least three times during a consecutive 6-month period. The transfusions must be at least 30 days apart within the 6-month period. Consider under a disability for 1 year following the last documented transfusion; thereafter, evaluate the residual impairment(s).

Chronic liver disease, with:

  1. Hemorrhaging from esophageal, gastric, or ectopic varices or from portal hypertensive gastropathy, demonstrated by endoscopy, x-ray, or other appropriate medically acceptable imaging, resulting in hemodynamic instability as defined in 5.00D5, and requiring hospitalization for transfusion of at least 2 units of blood. Consider under a disability for 1 year following the last documented transfusion; thereafter, evaluate the residual impairment(s).
  2. OR

  3. Ascites or hydrothorax not attributable to other causes, despite continuing treatment as prescribed, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period. Each evaluation must be documented by:
    1. Paracentesis or thoracentesis; or
    2. Appropriate medically acceptable imaging or physical examination and one of the following:
      1. Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less; or
      2. International Normalized Ratio (INR) of at least 1.5.
  4. OR

  5. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis with peritoneal fluid containing an absolute neutrophil count of at least 250 cells/mm3.
  6. OR

  7. Hepatorenal syndrome as described in 5.00D8, with one of the following:
    1. Serum creatinine elevation of at least 2 mg/dL; or
    2. Oliguria with 24-hour urine output less than 500 mL; or
    3. Sodium retention with urine sodium less than 10 mEq per liter.
  8. OR

  9. Hepatopulmonary syndrome as described in 5.00D9, with:
    1. Arterial oxygenation (PaO2) on room air of:
      1. 60 mm Hg or less, at test sites less than 3000 feet above sea level, or
      2. 55 mm Hg or less, at test sites from 3000 to 6000 feet, or
      3. 50 mm Hg or less, at test sites above 6000 feet; or
    2. Documentation of intrapulmonary arteriovenous shunting by contrast-enhanced echocardiography or macroaggregated albumin lung perfusion scan.
  10. OR

  11. Hepatic encephalopathy as described in 5.00D10, with 1 and either 2 or 3:
    1. Documentation of abnormal behavior, cognitive dysfunction, changes in mental status, or altered state of consciousness (for example, confusion, delirium, stupor, or coma), present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period; and
    2. History of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) or any surgical portosystemic shunt; or
    3. One of the following occurring on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart within the same consecutive 6-month period as in F1:
      1. Asterixis or other fluctuating physical neurological abnormalities; or
      2. Electroencephalogram (EEG) demonstrating triphasic slow wave activity; or
      3. Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less; or
      4. International Normalized Ratio (INR) of 1.5 or greater.
  12. OR

  13. End stage liver disease with SSA CLD scores of 22 or greater calculated as described in 5.00D11. Consider under a disability from at least the date of the first score.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Documented by endoscopy, biopsy, appropriate medically acceptable imaging, or operative findings with:

  1. Obstruction of stenotic areas (not adhesions) in the small intestine or colon with proximal dilatation, confirmed by appropriate medically acceptable imaging or in surgery, requiring hospitalization for intestinal decompression or for surgery, and occurring on at least two occasions at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period
  2. OR

  3. Two of the following despite continuing treatment as prescribed and occurring within the same consecutive 6-month period:
    1. Anemia with hemoglobin of less than 10.0 g/dL, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or
    2. Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or
    3. Clinically documented tender abdominal mass palpable on physical examination with abdominal pain or cramping that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or
    4. Perineal disease with a draining abscess or fistula, with pain that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or
    5. Involuntary weight loss of at least 10 percent from baseline, as computed in pounds, kilograms, or BMI, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or
    6. Need for supplemental daily enteral nutrition via a gastrostomy or daily parenteral nutrition via a central venous catheter.

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Southfield Lawyer Donald Peters of the Law Office of Donald H. Peters, P.C. in Southfield, Michigan, handles Social Security Disability claims throughout Michigan and in the Tri-County Metro Detroit area including Detroit, Southfield, Novi, Warren, Royal Oak, Roseville, Livonia, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Farmington Hills, Birmingham, Berkley, Oak Park, West Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, Eastpointe, Waterford, Flint, Canton, Taylor, Romulus, Westland, Clinton Township, Troy, Dearborn, Brighton, Howell, Pontiac, Rochester Hills,  as well as Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Ingham County, and Livingston County, Michigan.

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